24/11/2008

#329 - Theme day topic: Circles/Spheres











Theme day topic: Circles/Spheres “Castle of the Eye”, Niizuma

Sculpture Garden, Jardim Monteiro Mor, Lisboa, Portugal

"Inaugurated in 1995 to house sculptures signed by contemporary artists both national and international, the Sculpture Garden was the manner in which the National Costume Museum found to enrich the landscape patrimony that is today the Monteiro-Mor Park.
Having the benefit of a natural environment and a diversified landscape, each sculpture is implanted according to its author’s criteria, avoiding in this manner the constraints that so often occur in exhibitions held in traditional spaces.

It is in this context that the sculptures by Catarina Baleiras and Niizuma come to feature in the garden; two artists who, together, represent the moment of creation. West and East reunited in one space, strengthening the age-old relationship between these two peoples. Thus, the Portuguese sculptor Catarina Baleiras expresses herself through her “Ladies of Strong Character Cultivate Wild Herbs”, a work that guided by the idea of an amalgam that resembles, by its form and not by the matter it is made of, a ball of yarn made of wool, linen, cotton or silk. The Japanese artist, on the other hand, evokes, through his sculpture “Castle of the Eye”, a verticality conquered by Homo Erectus. It is with this work that Niizuma also wishes to convey, in abstract form, his age-old Samurai origin.

The Sculpture Garden is also dedicated to Santo Antonio and to the 23 Franciscan friars who were crucified in the city of Nagasaki in 1597, best known as the “Martyrs of Japan”

During the course of this year, on the occasion of the Silver Anniversary of the National Costume Museum and the Monteiro-Mor Park, two more sculptures will be implanted in the park: Soror Mariana (Sister Mariana) by João Cutileiro and A Mola (The Spring) by José Lucas." [*]




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7 comments:

babooshka said...

Oh Oh lots of circles. Crystal clear what the theme is.

George Townboy said...

Fabtastic fulfillment of the theme! Great photos and excellent information.

Small City Scenes said...

Super circles. Always find good things at a sculpture park. Nice info too. MB

humanobserver said...

perfect snaps for the theme...

Isadora said...

Looks like a beautiful park and structure. Thank you for sharing.

JM said...

Fantástica escolha para o tema de hoje! A escultura é lindíssima!

PJ said...

I love scupture gardens. We have sculptures scattered around Pensacola, I would love to have something as wonderful as this. Beautiful take on Theme Day, MJ.Also, I see you're closing in on 365!